„2019. Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control.“

Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, 15 March 2019

Draft Conference Agenda




14 March

19:00-21:00 hours

Launch-Event & Welcome Reception

Scenesetter-presentation on the implications of new technologies for the future of international conflicts provided by the Rand Corporation.


15 March

from 08:00 hours

Registration and Gallery Walk

Conference Participants invited to give initial views at four thematic stations on Biotechnologies, Cyber-Instruments, Missile Technologies and LAWS.

09:00-09:15 hours

Keynote Address by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas


09:15 -10:15 hours

High Level Panel


Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden
Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs


10:15-10:45 hours

Coffee Break and continuation of „Gallery Walk“

Weltsaal-Lounges, left and right

10:45-12:15 hours

Panel-Window A

  1. New Technologies: Do we Need to Rethink Missile Control Regimes?
  2. Can Arms Control improve the Stability of Cyber Space?

Two panels bringing together diplomats, military and science running in parallel


  1. Weltsaal
  2. Europasaal

12:15-13:30 hours

Lunch Break


13:30-15:00 hours

Panel-Window B

  1. Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: Can Autonomy be Captured?
  2. Biotechnology Goes Viral. Rethinking Security Risks, Capturing Convergences.

Two panels bringing together diplomats, military and science running in parallel.


  1. Weltsaal
  2. Europasaal

15:00-15:15 hours

Coffee Break


Launch Event
SIPRI report “Biology Plus X – Governing the Convergence of Biology and Emerging Technologies”



15:15-16:45 hours

Break-out Sessions (four parallel sessions)

  1. Cyber-Instruments
  2. Biotechnologies
  3. Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
  4. New Trends in Missile Technologies

Four highly interactive open discussions running in parallel, co-moderated by an expert researcher and a diplomat, results recorded by expert rapporteurs.

  1. Adenauer-Saal
  2. Willy-Brandt-Saal
  3. Stresemann-Saal
  4. Rathenau-Saal

16:45-17:15 hours

Coffee Break

17:15-18:30 hours

Final Plenary: Tomorrow’s Arms Control Architecture

Designated rapporteurs present results of four break-out sessions in the framework of a panel-discussion. Closing remarks by German Federal Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, Susanne Baumann.